The Search for Order, 1877-1920

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Macmillan, 1967 - History - 333 pages
At the end of the Reconstruction, the spread of science and technology, industrialism, urbanization, immigration, and economic depressions eroded Americans' conventional beliefs in individualism and a divinely ordained social system. In The Search for Order, Robert Wiebe shows how, in subsequent years, during the Progressive Era of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, Americans sought the organizing principles around which a new viable social order could be constructed in the modern world. This subtle and sophisticated study combines the virtues of historical narrative, sociological analysis, and social criticism.

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The end of the nineteenth century saw a restructuring of American society. The process of industrialization disrupted the ideal of independent communities and created a more bureaucratic society on a ... Read full review

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A true classic. Though many of Wiebe's broad conclusions have been challenged, his interpretation of the origins of modern America must still must be reckoned with by any serious student of U.S. history. Read full review

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About the author (1967)

Robert H. Wiebe, professor of history at Northwestern University, is the author of The Segmented Society and Self Rule: A Cultural History of American Democracy.